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Old 08-04-2010, 08:48 AM   #41 (permalink)
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Brucey, FYI,
BAS Hybrid - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

refers to a "high tension belt", perhaps not your standard belt.

indicates there is no electric only mode,

and they changed the final drive ratio and added auto-stop so you can't really tell what contributions the motor and batteries made to the mpg changes.

If I were adding a lot of weight to support an electric motor, I wouldn't want to then handicap the electric motor by making it constantly spin the gas motor. It can't even move the car by itself in the BAS (read: easy to implement, but crap) system.

I have to think hooking it up to a wheel, even if geared for some target max mph, would allow a much greater energy contribution from the batteries with the right management strategy. You have to carry all those batteries up a lot of hills in wv.

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